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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

100th Anniversary Symposium and Commemoration

Washington Navy Yard, 9 November 2021

LC-DIG-npcc-05392: USS Olympia (Cruiser #6), arrival of body of The Unknown Soldier, at the Washington Navy Yard, November 9, 1921.

USS Olympia (CL-15) and the arrival of body of the Unknown Soldier at the Washington Navy Yard, 9 November1921. Herbert A. French Collection. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-DIG-NPCC-05392).


  • National Museum of the U.S. Navy, Museum Education Center

Panel Chair

  • Dr. David Winkler, Historian, Naval Historical Foundation

Panel Presenters

  • Chris Havern, Historian, Naval History and Heritage Command
  • Lucas Clawson, Historian, Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia, PA
  • Kara Newcomer, Historian, U.S. Air Force, formerly of USMC History Division
  • Scott Price, Chief Historian, Historian’s Office, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters

Other Speakers

  • Samuel J. Cox, Director, Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC), and Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)
  • Gavin McIlvenna, President, Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (SHGTUS)


1145-1230: Doors open; networking and exhibits

1230-1245: NHHC director’s opening remarks

1245-1255: SHGTUS president’s remarks

1255-1300: Panel chair opening remarks

1300-1315: NHHC presentation

1315-1330: Independence Seaport presentation 

1330-1345: U.S. Coast Guard presentation 

1345-1400: U.S. Marine Corps presentation

1400-1415: Question-and-answer period

1415-1445: Symposium ends; networking and exhibits

1445-1500: Guests depart; walking time to Naval District Washington (NDW) ceremony

1500-1615:  "100th Anniversary of the Return of the World War I Unknown Soldier to U.S. Soil";                             ceremony hosted by NDW at Washington Navy Yard 

Published: Wed Nov 10 10:36:32 EST 2021